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Brentley Romine
Rafa Cabrera-Bello shares the 54-hole lead with Henrik Stenson at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Rafa Cabrera-Bello shares the 54-hole lead with Henrik Stenson at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

A day after carding an 8-under 64, Rafa Cabrera-Bello put together a bogey-free 65 to move into a share of the lead Saturday at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Cabrera-Bello, a two-time European Tour winner who last won at the 2012 Dubai Desert Classic, made seven birdies to run his total to 17 through 54 holes. At 14-under 202, the Spaniard is tied with Henrik Stenson atop the leaderboard at Jumeirah Golf Estates. Justin Rose is three shots back in third place after he shot 68 Saturday.

"It's been a very special round for ...

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Brentley Romine
Jamie Donaldson during the first round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Jamie Donaldson during the first round of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Jamie Donaldson fired a 5-under 67 Saturday at Jumeirah Golf Estates to move into a share of 13th place at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

But it's what the 39-year-old from Wales did after his third round that had everyone talking.

After signing his scorecard, Donaldson spotted a cat stuck on a clubhouse roof. Instead of calling the fire department, Donaldson took matters into his own hands, scaling a wall and a railing as he climbed up to rescue the cat.

Mission accomplished. Donaldson brought the feline safely back down to the ground.

Donaldson ...

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Brentley Romine
Henrik Stenson leads by two shots after 36 holes of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Henrik Stenson leads by two shots after 36 holes of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Henrik Stenson became the first player to win the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai titles in the same year with his victory a year ago in Dubai.

Now, Stenson is in position to successfully defend his title at the DP World Tour Championship.

The fourth-ranked player in the Official World Golf Ranking, Stenson followed an opening 4-under 68 with a second-round 66 Friday at Jumeirah Golf Estates. At 10 under, the Swede leads by two shots over top-ranked Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett and Richie Ramsay.

Stenson, who won last year in Dubai by six shots at 25 under, notched ...

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Alex Miceli
Matthew Fitzpatrick was one of 27 players to leave European Tour Qualifying School with a tour card.
Matthew Fitzpatrick was one of 27 players to leave European Tour Qualifying School with a tour card.

When Matthew Fitzpatrick left Northwestern after his first semester 11 months ago, his future in golf was anything but certain.

After an extraordinary 2013 summer, when he was runner-up in the England Men’s Amateur, won the U.S. Amateur and was low amateur at the Open Championship, he had ascended to No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking upon entering Northwestern in the fall.

But just months after having arrived in Evanston, Ill., the young Englishman decided to give up school and concentrate on golf, with designs on eventually turning professional. Fitzpatrick’s decision was vindicated Thursday at ...

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Alistair Tait
Matthew Fitzpatrick was one of 27 players to earn a European Tour card for the 2015 season.
Matthew Fitzpatrick was one of 27 players to earn a European Tour card for the 2015 season.

Final scores

Renato Paratore, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chris Paisley and Andrea Pavan earned cards for the 2015 European Tour season after the sixth and final round of European Tour Qualifying School at PGA Cataluyna Resort in Girona, Spain.

Finland’s Mikko Korhonen took the top card with a closing 5-under-par 67 to finish at 20 under for six rounds. Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina took second place by matching Korhonen’s final-round score to finish two shots behind. Paratore, 17, had the fifth-round lead and returned a 1-over 73 to finish third at 16-under.

Englishman Matt Ford placed fourth at 15 under ...

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Julie Williams
Rory McIlroy opened the DP World Tour Championship with a 6-under 66.
Rory McIlroy opened the DP World Tour Championship with a 6-under 66.

Rory McIlroy returned to competitive golf on Thursday with a 6-under 66 that gave him a share of the DP World Tour Championship lead. McIlroy hadn’t teed it up for six weeks, but showed little rust.

McIlroy, ranked No. 1 in the world, made four birdies in his first five holes, then birdied Nos. 15 and 16 to close the round. He and Irishman Shane Lowry share the lead at the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

“The way I played it should have been five birdies in the first five holes,” he said. “It was a ...

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Alistair Tait
Renato Paratore of Italy during the second round of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.
Renato Paratore of Italy during the second round of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C.

Remember the name Renato Paratore. Not because he’s leading after five rounds of European Tour Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya in Girona, Spain, but because he has the talent to be a major European star.

A 5-under 67 in the fifth round moved the 17-year-old Italian to 17 under and the top of the leaderboard with one round to play. He leads Finland’s Mikko Korhonen by two shots. Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez and overnight leader Matt Ford are tied at 13 under.

Barring a complete collapse, Paratore will play on next year’s European Tour. He’ll be ...

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Cassie Stein

Before the 2014 European Tour season finale got underway in Dubai, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson took a few moments to relive some of their fondest shots on the par-5 18th hole at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Stenson, a nine-time winner on the European Tour, recalled his shot from the 2013 DP World Tour Championship. Stenson played his second shot with a 3-wood from 248 yards and it hit the slope on the left of the green before rolling right next to the cup. It was named the European Tour’s shot of the year.

Rose and McIlroy’s ...

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Alistair Tait
Gareth Maybin was among the top 78 players to make the 72-hole cut at European Tour Qualifying School.
Gareth Maybin was among the top 78 players to make the 72-hole cut at European Tour Qualifying School.

John Hahn’s dream of a European Tour card is alive and well thanks to a career-low 58 in the fourth round. He was the biggest mover on cut day at European Tour Qualifying School at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain, but there were others who made big moves to keep their dreams alive.

European Tour winners Nick Dougherty, Phillip Price and Rhys Davies were not so lucky. They were among the notables to miss the cut.

England’s Matt Ford leads the way after 72 holes with a 13-under 271 total and two rounds to go. He ...

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Brentley Romine
Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are committed to play in the 2015 Irish Open at Royal County Down.
Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are committed to play in the 2015 Irish Open at Royal County Down.

Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler saw their rivalry take off in 2014 with a pair of major-championship duels and two matches at the Ryder Cup.

Next year, they're expected to add several more chapters to that rivalry, including one at the 2015 Irish Open at Royal County Down. McIlroy, whose Rory Foundation will host the May 28-31 event in Newcastle, Northern Ireland, announced Tuesday that Fowler had committed to the event.

"Rickie’s performances in the majors and the Ryder Cup this year showed that he is not only one of the top players in the world, but also ...

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Alistair Tait
John Hahn shot 12-under 58 in the fourth round of European Tour Qualifying School at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.
John Hahn shot 12-under 58 in the fourth round of European Tour Qualifying School at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.

John Hahn goes down in European Tour history with an asterisk beside his name. He became the first player to break 60 in European Tour history with a 12-under 58 in the fourth round of European Tour Qualifying School at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona, Spain.

However, Hahn’s exploit won’t make the official record book because preferred lies were in use.

Hahn, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., won’t be too concerned, though. He was tied for 104th overnight but moved inside the top 15, which puts him in position for one of the 25 European Tour ...

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Andy Zunz
Rory McIlroy won the Race to Dubai for the second time in three years after a season that included two major wins.
Rory McIlroy won the Race to Dubai for the second time in three years after a season that included two major wins.

Rory McIlroy has earned another accolade for his 2014 season: the European Tour's Race to Dubai title.

McIlroy, winner of two major championships this year, is more than 2.7 million euros ahead of Henrik Stenson, who moved into second in the Race to Dubai after a third-place finish at the Turkish Airlines Open. McIlroy, the 2014 PGA Tour Player of the Year, did not compete in Turkey this weekend, but took the title after Marcel Siem, Jamie Donaldson and Sergio Garcia failed to pick up a win.

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McIlroy, the No. 1 ...

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Alex Miceli
John Daly suffered back pain during the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open, but still managed a tie for 25th.
John Daly suffered back pain during the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open, but still managed a tie for 25th.

BELEK, Turkey – John Daly was in position Sunday to win his first event in a long time. Just four shots behind leader Wade Ormsby at the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open, Daly needed a solid final round.

What he got instead was a visit from the physiotherapist on the seventh hole to pop a bone in his back into place.

“On (the third hole), my hip dropped, and my bone was sticking out of my L4‑5, the left side,” Daly said. “The bone was sticking out. I could take it back, I just couldn’t come down.”

Daly ...

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Alex Miceli
Brooks Koepka, left, and caddie Ricky Elliott during the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open.
Brooks Koepka, left, and caddie Ricky Elliott during the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open.

BELEK, TURKEY – The final round of the Turkish Airlines Open turned into an Old West-style shootout on Sunday with American Brooks Koepka posted a bogey-free 7-under 65 to win his first European Tour event over Englishman Ian Poulter at The Montgomerie Course Maxx Royal.

Koepka finished at 17 under, one shot ahead of Poulter, who closed with a 5-under 65 for a 16-under total.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson had one of the lowest rounds of the day, shooting 8-under 64 to move into solo third at 14 under.

Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, Australian Wade Ormsby and Englishmen Andy Sullivan ...

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Alex Miceli
Felipe Aguilar was penalized four strokes at the Turkish Airlines Open for switching out a club during the middle of the weather-postponed second round.
Felipe Aguilar was penalized four strokes at the Turkish Airlines Open for switching out a club during the middle of the weather-postponed second round.

BELEK, Turkey – Felipe Aguilar had a rules lesson Saturday at the Turkish Airlines Open that cost him four strokes.

It seems the Chilean switched out one club for another between the beginning and the end of the second round, which was suspended Friday because of weather and resumed Saturday.

Under Rule 4-4 (Maximum of Fourteen Clubs), Aguilar was not permitted to make the switch during a round. When he was informed of the breach, he was also told he was disqualified.

Ten minutes passed before Aguilar was informed that the penalty for the breach was not actually disqualification, but a ...

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